Newport is surrounded by beautiful landscapes, including the Forest of Dean, the UK’s largest oak forest, the Wye Valley, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the undulating Vale of Usk, famous for its salmon fishing.
For breathtaking walks, or a leisurely drive, the Brecon Beacons National Park, including Pen-y-Fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain, is less than an hour away. Cyclists are also catered for, with superb mountain biking on offer at nearby Cwmcarn. Golfers are spoilt for choice, with over thirty golf clubs in the area, eight of which are within ten minutes drive of the city centre.
The area is steeped in heritage and the historic Roman sites at Caerleon and Caerwent are exceptional. Caerleon has the most varied Roman remains in Britain and is also an attractive walled riverside town with plenty of places to eat and drink and easy, level walking. It has strong connections with King Arthur, and many believe it to be his Camelot, with the Amphitheatre being the site of his famous Round Table. Some of the town walls at Caerwent still stand seventeen feet high, and the remains of the forum and temples are on display.
Moving on to mediaeval times, there are the fascinating castles at Chepstow and Caerphilly, which is the largest in Wales, and has a tower which ‘out leans’ the one at Pisa! Newport Castle is set on the river banks, right in the heart of the city, and it’s very rare watergate is thought to be one of only two in the UK, the other being Traitor’s Gate at the Tower of London.
In 2002, the Newport Mediaeval Ship was discovered during construction work in the banks of the river just along from the castle. It is an extremely rare find, being the most complete example of a 15th Century clinker-built merchant vessel ever found in the UK. The preservation and restoration work on it’s timbers can be seen on special open days throughout the year.
Evidence of more recent industrial heritage can be found at the impressive Transporter Bridge, which appeared in the 1959 film Tiger Bay, and is one of only two in the UK and seven in the world. Visitors can ride across the river in the gondola, and on open days it is possible to climb to the high level walkway and walk across.
At Fourteen Locks Canal Centre, you can see how the Cefn Flight of locks raises the canal 160ft in just half a mile. Come and see the ongoing restoration work and enjoy a walk along the towpath and in the nature reserve, or just enjoy a cup of coffee at the Visitor Centre.
The World Heritage Site at Blaenafon Ironworks celebrates the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and at nearby Big Pit, braver visitors can don miners’ helmets and personally experience life underground.
Amongst other artefacts at the Museum and Art Gallery is the collection relating to the Chartist Protest of 1839, one of the most important political movements in history which fought for the right for ordinary working people to vote. Newport Cathedral at St Woolos, just up from the city centre, was a key point in the Chartists’ march and is closely linked with the protestors. There is a Chartists’ Trail of the major points of interest which can be followed in, and around, the city centre.
There are fantastic sporting facilities and events in Newport; the Wales National Velodrome and sports village where athletes will be training in preparation for the London Olympics; the new Twenty Ten course at The Celtic Manor Resort, the first course ever to be built especially for The Ryder Cup; and first-class rugby union within five minutes walk of the city centre at Rodney Parade.
Wildlife fans will love the Newport Wetlands Reserve on the Gwent levels, which teems with life, including rarer species such as Cetti’s warblers and bitterns. It is also a great place to see orchids, butterflies, dragonflies and otters, and the RSPB Visitor Centre has a shop and café with an indoor viewing area – ideal for the coldest days!
Tredegar House is the ancestral home of the Morgan family, and one of the best examples of a 17th Century Restoration mansion in Britain. It is set in 90 acres of beautiful parkland, and demonstrates how much comfort and privilege was made possible with all the wealth generated by the explosion of technology and trade in the Industrial Revolution. The Morgans were wealthy landowners and an eccentric family, the most famous of whom was the pirate, Captain Henry Morgan, Governor of Jamaica, who gave his name to the rum.
Brief GROUP TOUR Itinerary:
DAY of DEPARTURE
Depart from your choice of pick up point in your hometown giving plenty of time to make the leisurely journey to Newport. Regular comfort stops and a lunch halt will be made en-route as traffic dictates
On reaching the hotel, the driver will unload the luggage for immediate check in. The rest of the evening is free at leisure
DAYS in RESORT
Free time in Newport, take your choice of day excursions, stay 1,2,3,4 or 5 nights or more
DAY of RETURN
After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to the hotel and its staff and rejoin the Five Star Travel coach for the return journey home. Comfort stops will be made at regular intervals when time and traffic allows
We will collect you from your chosen pick up point(s) in a choice of 25, 29, 35, 49, 51, 74 or 83 seater coaches.
Is provided in 2, 3 or 4 bedded rooms with private en-suite facilities
A limited number of single rooms are available at a small supplement, maybe even free if the hotel is willing
Most hotels provide evening entertainment of some form, you will be advised on which nights when booking
All rooms are booked on a bed & breakfast cooked basis.
An evening meal option is available at a supplement on any nights of your stay
Optional Extra Night(s)
Why not stay extra night(s) and spend more time in resort or have a choice of optional day excursions
5 day trip excursions from Newport
1. ‘Different Digs’ Roman Ruins and Secret Gardens – Caerleon, Caerwent and Dewstow Gardens
2. ‘Engineering Marvels’ - The Industrial Heritage of South Wales – Newport Transporter Bridge, Fourteen Locks, Big Pit and Blaenafon World Heritage Site
3. ‘The Beauty of Nature’ – Newport Wetlands Centre and the Brecon Beacons
4. ‘How the Other Half Lived’ – Tredegar House and Country Park and Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr
5. ‘Castles and Cash’ – Caerphilly Castle, Cardiff Castle and world-class shopping in Cardiff city centre
All itineraries are suggestions and can be adapted to suit your group requirements